Weather

After a fine and warm weekend across much of the country, temperatures today have reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Bridlington in East Yorkshire for the first time this summer - although similar values were reached in places for a time during late May.

It's certainly come as a welcome relief after a what's been a dreadful summer so far, which, according to Philip Eden writing for weather online, has been the worst first half of summer on record (summer for climatological reasons is June, July and August).

But in typical British fashion it looks like the summery conditions will prove to be short lived, with much of the country by the end of the week again under the influence of low pressure, bringing cooler and unsettled conditions, as the jet stream once more heads south.

For our region, wednesday will be the transition day, with more cloud in general and possibly the odd light shower. After that the more unsettled conditions will slowly take hold from the north.

And with the jet stream likely to remain further south than normal as we head into early August, unsettled & cool weather will once again dominate our weather.

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  • Comment number 122. Posted by thesnowman

    on 30 Jul 2012 17:04

    Gergis (et al) was a mess, Gleick a farce but Mueller is just bizarre!

    At least it’s coaxed something substantial from the sceptical camp with Watts (et al) now under the microscope.

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  • Comment number 121. Posted by john_cogger

    on 30 Jul 2012 16:27

    @121 thesnowman

    Mueller does seem to of done the imposible in having no friends on either side of the debate!

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  • Comment number 120. Posted by thesnowman

    on 30 Jul 2012 15:45

    Spoke too soon - the BBC have finally picked up on the BEST story at

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19047501

    More uncritical BBC verbatim commenatry about the NYT story without the possibility of any comments to point out that Mueller has well documented schizophrenic tendencies when it comes to scepticism. Nice of them to point out Judy Currys dissent, but no word of the more detailed (and damning) criticism from other quarters. As predicted, BEST comes just in time for the IPCC - deja vu?

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  • Comment number 119. Posted by John Marshall

    on 30 Jul 2012 10:11

    #114 JC
    The latest reports from across the pond show big problems with the BEST report. The NYT is no paragon of virtue either with their climate reports, some written by Mickey Mouse.

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  • Comment number 118. Posted by John Marshall

    on 30 Jul 2012 10:06

    #99JC
    Look at the latest Watts report. He indeed does not say those words but the figures do.

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  • Comment number 117. Posted by thesnowman

    on 30 Jul 2012 09:41

    113/114 john_cogger

    Hope you haven’t choked on all that pop corn… looks like BEST is exactly that – popcorn.

    ‘My view is that Muller’s efforts to promote himself by belittling the collective efforts of the entire atmospheric/climate research community over several decades, though, really does the scientific community a disservice. Its great that he’s reaffirmed what we already knew. But for him to pretend that we couldn’t trust this entire scientific field until Richard Muller put his personal stamp of approval on their conclusions is, in my view, a very dangerously misguided philosophical take on how science works. It seems, in the end–quite sadly–that this is all really about Richard Muller’s self-aggrandizement :(’ - Michael Mann on Facebook

    Haven’t noticed much in the MSM about this weekend’s shenanigans, though Leo Hickman claims to have something big in the pipeline for the Guardian – all in time for tomorrows AR5 deadline?

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  • Comment number 116. Posted by ukpahonta

    on 29 Jul 2012 16:02

    I don't think others are overly impressed by Muller and his Best results:

    'Early indications suggest that climate sceptics are unlikely to fully accept Best's latest results. Prof Judith Curry, a climatologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology who runs a blog popular with climate sceptics and who is a consulting member of the Best team, told the Guardian that the method used to attribute the warming to human emissions was "way over-simplistic and not at all convincing in my opinion". She added: "I don't think this question can be answered by the simple curve fitting used in this paper, and I don't see that their paper adds anything to our understanding of the causes of the recent warming."'
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/29/climate-change-sceptics-change-mind

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  • Comment number 115. Posted by Boanta

    on 29 Jul 2012 10:32

    112. Well indeed and still doing a bit on it in active retirement( we are still finding populations new to science in both in Scotland and Ireland and there are scores of unsurveyed lochs yet to do.)
    El'gygytgyn has a unique endemic form , the Longfin Charr as part of the polymorphic charr community and my Russian colleagues ascribe its occurrence to a very long uninterrupted habitation of the lake. Charr rapidly colonise newly deglaciated areas and can survive in lakes with an ice free period of just a few weeks. So if 40-60% of the Greenland icesheet vanishes again, as it has done many times already then huge areas of new habitat will be created. In the meantime the greatest danger facing UK and Irish charr is a bucket load of exotic fish dumped in by irresponsible anglers, some of whom transfer fish in colostomy bags so as to go undetected!

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  • Comment number 114. Posted by john_cogger

    on 29 Jul 2012 07:22

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/opinion/the-conversion-of-a-climate-change-skeptic.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all

    "The carbon dioxide curve gives a better match than anything else we’ve tried. Its magnitude is consistent with the calculated greenhouse effect — extra warming from trapped heat radiation. These facts don’t prove causality and they shouldn’t end skepticism, but they raise the bar: to be considered seriously, an alternative explanation must match the data at least as well as carbon dioxide does. "

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by john_cogger

    on 28 Jul 2012 19:17

    Looks like it might be the BEST results confirming warming...

    Get some popcorn.

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